News Release (Draft

Department of Labor and Employment
30 October 2014

Towards Child Labor Free Philippines,
National Children’s Month ends on a high note

"Much has been done in the area of child labor prevention and elimination, but much
is still expected from us. Admittedly, poverty will always be seen as the culprit that
pushes children to work. Helping those who do not have the means is the
transformative action called upon by the inclusive growth framework.”

This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz, at the close of the National Children’s Month, rallying a call on stakeholders
“to continue partnering with the DOLE and other government agencies in ensuring
that child laborers and their families will be transformed and reintegrated into their
communities with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and dreams.”

The month-long celebration, spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with
Special Concerns (BWSC) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),
concluded with the Children’s Arts Festival held at the Skydome, SM City North Edsa
on 29 October, where close to hundred children and child welfare advocates from
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dandreb E. ages 14 to 17. Enerlan. Dasmariñas North High School. storytelling from Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. and 3rd Place – Dany Cris M. and ventriloquist stint from Ony Carcamo. are: 1st Place – Allen C. 15 years old. Winners for the On-the-Spot Painting Contest. For the first category with contestants ages 13 and below. De Torres.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). Labanan!. Bagong Silangan Elementary School.14 years old. Children’s Group. The second category winners. Catandaan Yabut National High School. Claro M. . the winners are: 1st Place .” amplifies the importance of social protection in attaining sustainable and inclusive growth. children were indulged in a festive treat with performances from Rondalla on Wheels and Igal-Igal Badjao Dance. and San Juan National High School attended. 13 years old. 2nd Place – Thrish Anne M. 16 years old. Occupational Safety and Hazard Center in Agham Road. Recto High School. have also been awarded. 11 years old. Dasmariñas North High School. Batiancila. “Batang Malaya. Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. Angelitud. Derecho. At the event. 12 years old. Quezon City.(PCCI). This year’s theme. held last 18 October at the Ichikawa Auditorium. 2nd Place – Ryan P. Proteksyunan! Child Labor. Hizon. Children’s Group. and 3rd Place – Kianne Marie P. Bagong Silangan Elementary School.

Winners for the Public Service Announcement were also recognized at the event. Chinina Perez.” The winning entries of this year’s contests can be viewed and accessed at the Batang Malaya Youtube Channel. “Pangalawang taon na po ito na „significant achievement‟ ang rating ng Pilipinas sa nasabing US DOL Findings. she cited the favorable results of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor by the U. Substantiating this. and 3rd Place – “Malaya Nga Ba?” by Dominique Osal. Napakalaki na rin po ng ating ipinuhunang lakas. “While this may be a good news for us. “Napakatagal na pong panahon na tayo ay nakikipagbaka laban sa child labor. There is no other way but up. to wit: 1st Place – “Sa Likod ng Ngiti” by Jasmin Monroy.S. Facebook Page. Department of Labor to which the Philippines reached the “significant advancement” status along with other 12 countries in the Asia Pacific. We must further intensify this anti-child campaign speak the unspeakable and show the nation that which it refuses to see. 2nd Place – “Kawikaan 22:6” by Euniz Johanne Garcia. we cannot be complacent. The DOLE’s BWSC is also brewing up . salapi. and Armida Reyes. at panahon sa ating antichild labor campaign. Kaya po maipagkakapuri natin na nagtatagumpay po tayo sa ating laban kung ito ang ating magiging batayan.” Baldoz said. and the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) website.” Baldoz said.

The line of activities in the National Children’s Month. is made possible in partnership with SM Skydome.. Inc. along with the Children’s Arts Festival.agreements with private sector and local government units for exhibiting the entries on billboards and public vidiwalls. Bank of the Philippine Islands. and Jollibee Foods Corporation. END/hjtg . Canon Philippines. SM Cares Foundation. Globe Telecom.

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